One third of quake foundation repairs in Christchurch don’t comply with building code

A survey of structural repairs carried out on 90 earthquake-damaged homes in Christchurch has found a third of the work does not comply with the building code.

The findings have just been released in Christchurch and are from a survey that looked very specifically at repairs that met three criteria: They had to be completed; they had to be exempt from needing a building consent; and they had to incorporate actual structural work.

It found that more than half of the homes had issues and that a third of them did not actually meet the building code.

Fletcher Building chief executive Graham Darlow (right)
Fletcher Building chief executive Graham Darlow (right) Source: 1 NEWS

Of those more serious cases nearly all (30 of the 32) relate to re-levelling work using a method called "jack and pack" where they jack a house off its foundations and put in packing to level it off.

The Ministry of Building, Innovation and Employment, which carried out the survey, says a wider survey of repairs that were exempt from building consents should now be carried out and that should target work involving the "jack and pack" system in particular..

The new footage shows the extent of the rebuild in the city’s CBD. Source: 1 NEWS

EQC says it already has this process underway and is looking at least 3,600 homes. Based on the MBIE survey it expects to find about 1200 homes that need to be fixed again. It says that work will be done at no expense to the homeowners.

Fletchers EQR which oversaw the repair process says the contractors will be expected to meet the cost of repairs and if they are out of business, Fletchers will meet the cost itself.

Fletcher Building Chief Exectuivec Graham Darlow says he will apologise to home owners who have faced delays in getting their floors and foundations repaired.

EQC is anticipating repairs will cost around $1,000 a house, putting the overall cost at somewhere between $1.5 and $2 million.

If 1200 homes need repairs that would be less than two per cent of the full EQC repair programme which has dealt with 69,000 homes since the quakes.

The results of a survey of structural repairs on 90 earthquake damaged homes have just been released. Source: 1 NEWS


Dairy prices 'had to come back up, it's simple economics' - Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers is describing the overnight jump in dairy prices as a "break in the weather" for beleaguered farmers.

Federated Farmers’ national president, Dr William Rolleston says the long term prognosis is favourable for dairy prices. Source: 1 NEWS

The GlobalDairyTrade price index rose 14.8 per cent this morning with the average price now $US1974.

Whole milk powder, a key commodity for Fonterra, rose 19.1 per cent to $US1856.

The rise comes after 10 consecutive decreases in price, going all the way back to March.

The president of Federated Farmers, Dr William Rolleston, says farmers will be breathing a sigh of relief.

"We're going to have to have a look at what are the trends in the next couple of months to see whether this has been a real change or if this is just a blip," Dr Rolleston told ONE News.

"But certainly it's much better news than if it had fallen."

He says the long term outlook is favourable.

"New Zealand farmers are really hurting but farmers across the world are hurting even more because we have a pretty competitive price of production.

"So, the prices can't stay down low for too long, just because if they did there would be no farmers left in the world, and there would be no milk.

The forecast payout for milk solids took a serious tumble earlier in the month. Source: 1 NEWS

"And we know there is demand for milk so the price has to come back up, it's simple economics," Dr Rolleston said.

Landcorp may be forced to sell off farms or partially privatise to deal with rising debt in the face of falling dairy prices. Source: 1 NEWS

The slump in milk prices this year prompted Fonterra to slash its forecast payout to farmers and spurred the Reserve Bank to start cutting interest rates in June.

However, dairy futures contracts on the NZX had suggested whole milk powder prices would rise at the auction, soothing fears about how far the value of New Zealand's biggest export commodity can fall.


Auckland teens' 'feel good' Glee-like version of Lean On Me goes viral

Spine-tingling video reminiscent of an episode from Glee showing a group of Auckland teenagers performing Lean On Me at a high school music competition has proved a hit online.

The video posted on Facebook by Auckland Council Arts and Culture employee Bobby Kennedy shows the teens singing their hearts out during the Stand Up Stand Out (SUSO) competition.

Posted on August 17, the video has more than 62,000 views and has been shared more than 1400 times.

Mr Kennedy wrote in his Facebook post: "The best thing about Stand Up Stand Out (SUSO) is that while these kids are from different schools from all over Auckland they're so supportive of each other, I love my job!."

Other Facebook users who watched the video described it as "awesome", "wicked" and "makes me feel good".

The SUSO finals will be held at the Vodofone Events Centre on August 28.